Originally Posted by Ruben123
Any high(er) end phone should be perfect enough for audiophiles. Don't think there are audible benefits of an audiophile portable player and a good phone (as iPhone 6, Sony z3 etc.).
No, you are wrong. Any high end smartphone can be enough for just listening to sounds....songs....tracks....but not the music, and or the soul, the emotions of the song track.
There is a huge different between a smartphone vs any dedicated player.
1/ smartphone can never be loud enough, in some case if they can, the sound will be distorded or sloppy.
2/ smartphone has not a sophisticated clocking system for the notes and its tonality accuracy.
3/ the interferences of electrical noises between low quality components in the smartphone, such as resistors, capacitors, shielding, grounds, circuitry ....etc will affect the lean and clean of the sound, which will more than likely alter the sound much further away from the original sound. An example would be a drum will sound like a bass beat, instead of your ability to tell the kind of the drum from a note being played. Hell, I personally hear the differences between stock copper cables vs Oxygen free Copper upgraded cables.
4/ with all the being slimmer and battery saving, while getting the better radio signals to your phone calls quality, the interferences can be even worse. The power needed to drive a specific notes, and or to apply the correct power to one signal can be in-accurate due to battery saving.....and low quality components.....and the lack of a clocking system. You will never be able to tell the correct positions of an instruments, singer in the sound acoustic field. Even with the use of the most quality DAC chip on the market. This will result in an inaccuracy of soundstage, imagines, and positionings....then much more.
I concluded all those above from my own experiences of several high end smartphones....vs high end DAP. More specifically, IPhone 5s, 6, Z3, Note 4 Exynos vs NW-ZX2.
High-end smartphones can only give you a glimpse into the audiophile world, but never can be considered audiophile. You can never hear the most realistical beats, and tonality within the track on any smartphone. Now with the high end DAP, you can possibly hear it, depend on the DAP......which was never possible couple years ago.....but only when you invest into expensive home stereo system.....like those of 40,000$ or more.Edited by Whitigir - 4/15/15 at 4:34pm